How to Wear a Babydoll Dress Without Looking Frumpy
The babydoll dress is once again in the fashion spotlight for spring and summer. To look stunning while wearing this style, make sure you choose the right length, match it with high heels, and get proper support from your undergarments.
What Is a Babydoll Dress?
If you have been living on another planet and have failed to see Hollywood icons, like Sandra Bullock, wearing this type of dress, then it is not too late to catch up with this fashion. The style is, as you can imagine, highly inspired by the babydoll nightgown. It is feminine and flirty, and ideal for those days when you are feeling a bit bloated. It usually skims gracefully over curves and accentuates your best assets, such as beautiful breasts or a great pair of legs.
How to Wear a Babydoll Dress
The thing about a this type of dress is that it can make you look incredibly sexy or horrendously ridiculous. If you have an ample bosom and a relatively flat stomach, then this look can make you look both sweet and sexy. However, if you have heavy thighs, opt for a longer version.
Get Proper Support From Your Undergarments
This tip goes for every item of clothing. Proper undergarments that hold everything in place can make a big difference to your overall look. If you want to wear a babydoll dress with a deep plunging neckline, choose a push-up bra to enhance your assets. Highlighting your assets will drive attention away from problem areas and will give you the appearance of an hourglass figure. Some of the Victoria's Secret babydoll dresses come with built-in brassieres.
Choose the Proper Length
Just a few inches above the knee is best. If you are petite, you can wear it a bit shorter, but not too short. Bear in mind that babydoll dresses are flowy, and they will "show off" on a windy day. This brings me to the next rule: never wear one during a windy day or for doing vigorous dancing like ceilidh or salsa, unless, of course, you want to show your "jewels" on every turn!
Try to pair your dress with wedges — they are not too flashy but give you good height. If you are wearing it to the beach, choose flip flops with a little heel or wedge for a bit of glamour.
Printed Patterns Look Better on Tall Girls
If you are petite, colour-only dresses will look nicer on you. If you have a small bust, you can give the impression of enhanced breasts by choosing a style in which the bust colour is different from the rest of the dress.
To Avoid the "Pregnant" Look
To avoid looking "pregnant" or bloated, wear appropriate makeup and avoid going out with a "morning sickness" look. Wear high heels and walk tall! Look at Rihanna in the picture below. She is wearing a babydoll with high heels and proper makeup, and she just looks stunning!
Babydoll dress teamed with a pair of strappy heels and a pearl necklaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Wear a Babydoll Dress If You Are 40+
- If you are over 40, I would recommend wearing darker shades and heavier fabrics.
- Another tip for the over 40 group age is to wear long leggings. Leggings provide a more sophisticated look.
Origins of the Babydoll Dress
In 1956, the movie Baby Doll, starring Carroll Baker, gave origin to the popularity of the babydoll nightgown — the costume worn by Baker's childlike and sensual character in the film. Although the film was heavily censored and banned in some countries, the babydoll style gained force, and more than 50 years later, it is still fashionable.
With the years, the babydoll has made a jump from the bedroom to the high street, where women of all shapes enjoy the freedom of wearing this seductive, but playful style.
Why Should You Wear This Style?
The babydoll dress keeps coming back in style over the years because it is very "forgiving." With an empire-waisted dress, you don't need to be extremely thin to look good and sexy. It allows you to show off a nice bust and great legs and hides a not-so-toned tummy and the hips area.
How to Choose the Perfect Dress
If you want one that will last for a long time, regardless of fashion trends, go for a long-wearing fabric, like wool or silk. An A-line shape or a trapeze style is flattering on most women. Avoid the extremely voluminous styles, as these can make most women look pregnant.
The babydoll dress is perfect for everyday wear and by adding some accessories, you can change it from a daytime look to a nighttime outfit that's perfecting for going out for drinks after work.
Horrors to Avoid
- Don't wear it too short. It is true that a short dress will make your legs look longer, but wearing it too short will only make you look "tarty."
- Shorter styles are only suitable for young girls. If you are over 30, a hemline just a few inches above the knee is more flattering.
- Avoid lace trim. A babydoll dress with a lace trim looks too much like a nightgown!
- Keep accessories to a minimum.
Kate Mara's Extra-long Babydoll Dress At the Golden Globes 2019
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